Looking after your sexual health is as important as looking after your general health and should be something that you actively think about and work on. Neglecting your sexual health not only puts you at risk from a number of sexual transmitted infections but will also have an impact on your general health and your mental and psychological wellbeing. There are a number of things that you can do to prevent putting yourself at risk of STI’s. Although if you are worried that you have been exposed to an infection you can contact companies such as https://www.greenwichsexualhealth.org/home_sti_kits/ who can provide you with Home StI kits that can be undertaken in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
The best piece of advice for anyone is to not rush into a sexual relationship with someone. Now whilst there may be an unwritten expectation that at some point a new relationship will progress into a sexual one, there is no timescale on this You need to ensure that both of you are happy with the thought of a sexual relationship and that neither of you feel pressured to do so. Decidding when to have sex is very personal decision and you need to feel comfortable enough with your partner in order to be able to discuss sexual health and safe sex and feel confident enough in yourself to say no if it doesn’t feel right.
After you have been in a relationship for a while you will undoubtedly be aware of the desire to move this forwards. You shouls make sure that you are prepared for this and that you have decided which safe sex methods you are going to use. Having condoms ready is not only the responsibility of the male, females can also prepare for this and ensure that they have condoms available for once the relationship naturally starts to move towards a physical nature. It can be difficult to think straight once the adrenalin and excitement kicks in so don’t leave safe sex to chance.
Talking to your partner about safe sex and their sexual past may be a difficult one. But in order to protect yourself you should find a way to gently have this conversation and perhaps even as your family or friends how best to go about this. There is nothing wrong with waiting for sexual health test results before embarking on a sexual relationship with a new partner.